I was at my first interview since maternity leave and the person across the table from me asked what my husband did for work. I responded and said, “my wife is working towards her masters in teaching.” Their body language changed, they shook my hand and thanked me for my time. WTF just happened? I decided to let it go. It must have been a fluke, right?Read More
I am very fortunate to live in a community where even hospitals are starting to become more open to the idea of waterbirth due to the evolving information becoming available. I think that studies like this one help to pave the way for more people to have options and for more providers to become comfortable with the idea of waterbirth.Read More
I can not write in blogger brain and that's hard because I have been blogging/journaling for so long. It was a challenge to try and thing around it. But I managed to do it. Many papers started with "I don't know how to write in APA and this sucks."Read More
In the age of technology paying for a doula has become so much easier. It's no longer just cash and checks that you need to mail out or meet up for, many doulas accept payments via credit card and paypal now as well. While doulas are not covered by most health insurance plans. Doulas can be paid for with HSA (or FSA) accounts.Read More
When I bought my TENS unit and began using it at births it became apparent to me how useful it was. Not only does it help provide relief and comfort, but I can still use all my other tools in addition to it. Since buying it every one of my clients has asked to try it and my they have LOVED IT!Read More
Will you still be a doula?
Of course!!! That is the other great thing about MCU. I can take on doula clients and not stress about being on campus several days out of the month. However I will only be taking on 1-2 clients per month instead of 4 to be able to dedicate more time to my studies. Exceptions will always be made for repeat clients because, how can I not? I adore you all.Read More
I ate my placenta.
Eiw gross right? Who does that?
Most mammals actually.
Your knee jerk-reaction is okay. Really...I am not offended. I had it too.Read More
I mean, that could happen at this stage right? As, I waited for my co-teacher to come back and relieve me for break it kept happening. Either I lost complete bladder control and needed to start wearing adult diapers or my water just broke.Read More
...or an induction?
...or an epidural?
...or an episiotomy?"
The short answer is no. These things, may happen doula or not. But we will support you through all of them.
Birth and postpartum are some of the most intimate and vulnerable times of our lives. It is important to invite people into that space that we trust and feel safe with. Hopefully these questions will help give you an idea of what kind of doula you want to hire.Read More
We can't make medical decisions for our clients. That is between them and their care provider. We can discuss how they feel about them and give information if they ask for it. Ultimately it is up to our clients to make the right decision for them and their family and it is up to us to support them.
I trust my clients. I trust that they know what is best for them and if they need to discuss their options with me they will.Read More
I see it all the time. Parents bringing so much with them to the hospital or birth center it looks like they are moving in. The non-laboring parent is running back and forth to the car getting everything they could possibly need.Read More
When I got home, it hit me. I needed to SLOW DOWN immediately. Everything ached. All my energy was gone. There must be something to this baby mooning thing.Read More
Turning your crib into a side car is a great option if you find yourself accidentally co-sleeping, purposly co-sleeping and needing some extra space or you are worried about your baby rolling off of your bed.Read More
Congratulations you are pregnant.....or you are beginning the exciting journey of trying to get pregnant. One of the first things anyone will tell you to do is start taking a prenatal vitamin. Folic Acid is important! With my first pregnancy I found myself standing in the vitamin aisle dazed, confused and nauseous about what prenatal I should buy. Should I get the one with DHA? What about the Omega one? Should I get the cheapest one? And then those bastards made me sick(er)!Read More
"Recommendations call for infants to share their parents' bedroom for at least the first six months and, optimally, for the first year of life, based on the latest evidence." You can read more in this article.
Room sharing for a year cuts SIDS rates in half! Pretty amazing right? The AAP is now acknowledging this and making new recommendations about it.Read More
Finding the right name for your baby can be overwhelming. Name lists and books have become HUGE! But somehow when I look at them I keep seeing the same names over and over again. So here are my favorite Earthy Baby Names!Read More
Chiropractic spinal and pelvic adjustments can reduce or resolve pregnancy discomforts such as back pain, hip pain, sciatica, and heartburn. Chiropractic helps with optimal fetal positioning by helping the pelvis to be symmetrical. This in turn helps the uterus to be more symmetrical. Adjustments can help the baby to fit the brim better to engage in time to help stimulate cervical ripening. Adjustments also make the pelvis more flexible so that pelvic joints move more easily in laborRead More
So, as of today, I will no longer be Inner Peace Doula, and my business name has changed to Mother to Earth Childbirth Services. A name I chose because regardless of how a child is born, they still come from Mother to Earth.Read More